Brass Chamber Music in Lyceum and Chautauqua

Raymond David Burkhart

Brass Chamber Music in Lyceum and Chautauqua​

This study of brass chamber music in lyceum and chautauqua fills a lacuna in brass history. It explores the forgotten phenomenon of the many chamber brass ensembles that entertained millions of Americans from coast to coast from 1877 to 1939 and presents histories of sixty-one ensembles that performed music for brass trio, brass quartet, brass quintet, and brass sextet for lyceum and chautauqua audiences. The author also writes about the large repertoire of music for small brass ensembles that he discovered was published in America from 1875 through the 1920s. This First American Chamber Brass School is discussed in one of five overviews of the principal eras in brass chamber music history that form the most comprehensive history of brass chamber music written in fifty years.

2016. 6″ x 9″, 346 pages.

Available in paperback and hardcover (perfect for private, public, and school libraries).

What people are saying…

“The most extensive study of brass chamber music in the USA during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.”

John Wallace and Alexander McGrattan

THE TRUMPET. Yale University Press

“Your book is on my desk, and I consult it periodically. It is a very thorough piece of work.”

Dr. Edward H. Tarr

“A major contribution to the literature on ensemble music for brass instruments. One of the most important dissertations to emanate from CGU in recent decades.”

Dr. Robert Zappulla

Chair, Music Department Chair Claremont Graduate University

“Sanctus bovinus! This book is a must-have for all amateurs and pros in the brass chamber music biz. Here are history, insight, and photos of our American chamber brass predecessors.”

Dr. Gil Cline

Professor of Music Humboldt State University


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